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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Dec 12, 2012 3:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jorma K? Non-DEAD...

Hey JOTS, I don't think I could handle Jorma or Hot Tuna at a 'stuffy performing arts center' - no spirit, no soul. I'm talking about clubs where people can be loose and enjoy themselves, while still respecting the artist's performance dynamic. Another consideration, Jorma and Jack have been 'clean and dry' for several years now, so I give them much credit for playing clubs that serve up music and alcohol. I would think that for JK and JC, in their sobriety, loud, drunken assholes must be more irritating these days than several years back. You can imagine how that could change the vibe in the room for all. Though I've seen enough shows of Jorma and acoustic Hot Tuna to appreciate Jorma's benevolent, but sometimes biting, attempts at crowd control - those exchanges can be entertaining in their own.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 12, 2012 4:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jorma K? Non-DEAD...

Agreed. I like it rowdy but not all through the songs or being assholes. I've witnessed a few good bites myself. Like when someone yelled out for 3rd week in the Chelsea when they had already played it and Jorma ripped him. I got to have some positive banter with him though a couple of years ago. I yelled out for Dime for Beer and he says " ah the good old days" and I yelled back " these are the good old days" and he smiled and said " they are indeed."

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Dec 12, 2012 4:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jorma K? Non-DEAD...

Great story!! Thanks for the tale. Your vignette shows off the warm and personable side of Jorma - he really is truly nice guy these days . . . same goes for Jack.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 12, 2012 5:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jorma K? Non-DEAD...

Oh I have a cool Jack story too. They played the Denver Zoo which back in the day was a KILLER place. You could bring in lawn chairs coolers of Beer you name it and camp out on the grass. Small little set up, great CO weather. Anyway at setbreak I'm walking around and it's kinda hard missing a super white dude dressed in all black haha. I personally am not shy in shouting out to my heros so I go up to Jack and tell him he's my favorite bassist ( which is true ) how I love his music blah blah typical Wayne World I'm not worthy moment. Then I say Damn wish I had a pen for an autograph and he shrugs all cool " I'm around." Had to be there but super nice and cool.

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Dec 14, 2012 1:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jorma K? Non-DEAD...

Your so right.Back in the later 70's when the music scene was changing to punk and electro Jorma tried horribly w/ Vital Parts.It's at the Old Waldorf in S.F.and Jorma comes out solo
w/ bright orange hair,gold grill and no shit a giant swastika around his neck.Now there is an original meaning for that symbol but for all his Jewish fans they were outraged and horrified then he starts w/ something no one has ever heard before
besides the music really really sucked.This is the only time I ever ripped him and have so many better memories like Vicente Park S.F., Masonic Temple,Telegraph Ave. Berkeley and an unannounced show called Cold Salmon for a benifit for a club in Marin I think the Sweetwater where the Orange amps were up to the ceiling and the place was shaking and paint was coming down on your heads.